Getting Off the Milton-go-Round

do not enter.jpgI’m a stubborn person.  When I get an idea in my head, I latch on and I won’t let it go until I know for sure that it isn’t going to work.  This has led to occasional successes in my life but has also ended in disaster.  A two and a half year relationship that should have ended at six months is a prime example.

For all my mistakes, at least I can say that I’m not as bad as MLB and their unwillingness to give up on Milton Bradley.  There’s no denying that he’s a talented athlete and could have been something special.  Just like any awful relationship, though, managers focused on the flickers of brilliance and ignored all the warning signs. 

Maybe that has finally come to a close.  When the Mariners ended their MB experiment and designated him for assignment, we may have witnessed the end of an era.  At the same time, I’m sure most baseball fans experienced the subconscious reaction, “God, I hope my team doesn’t decide to be the next to take a ride on the Milton-go-round.”  After enough failed attempts trying to help Bradley get his head right, common sense says there aren’t going to be any other takers.

But you never know.  Kyle Farnsworth has a career and continues to achieve new milestones in mediocrity every year.  For instance, just the other day Prince Sobs-a-lot issued the first walk-off walk of his storied career.  I know, right?  I’m as surprised as you are.

Most of Farnsworth’s damage comes from his ability to put runners in scoring position (and then push them across) and the danger that his press-conference tears will leave water-marked tables.  Bradley, meanwhile, has proven himself to be nothing less than a clubhouse cancer.  Let’s hope he stays in remission.

-A

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RSBS will be taking a break for the next few days as one of the sites where we post gets some upgrades.  In the meantime, enjoy this video celebrating the brilliance of Will Ferrell:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/tegwebapps/tbs/tbs-www/cvp/teamcoco_dynamic_embed.swf?context=teamcoco_embed_offsite&videoId=250226

-Jeff and Allen

2 Comments

The Rays have discovered the secret for Farnsworth just as they did with Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour, Dan Wheeler and others. Get guys who catch the ball and convince them to keep the ball down and throw strikes.
Alas such a strategy would not work with Milton Bradley; but maybe the Rays have a really good psychiatrist they know who could work wonders with MB; but if Lou Piniella couldn’t handle him…
http://t.co/BLuIvAv

Milton Bradley. Hmmn, you know, there are many players who dream of the chance to play in the big leagues and someone as gifted as Milton Bradley chooses to take it for granted. He’s played with countless organizations and has had the privilege of playing baseball. I wish he would go away and I don’t like speaking negative about anyone but he doesn’t deserve playing the game. Great job Seattle!!!
—Mark Gauthier

http://cubden.mlblogs.com/

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